Chris Cole Catley Writing Awards 2014

(Aug/Sep 2014)

Cape Cole Catley Writing Awards 2014The Chris Cole Catley Writing Award for 2014 is open and entries will close on October 14.

This is a new award for senior secondary students in Auckland. There are three separate categories: poetry, prose and lyrics. The winners of the poetry and prose section will receive a $150 cash prize and books. The winner of the lyrics section will be able to record the winning lyrics with Play It Strange. 

The judges will be Anna Hodge, the senior editor of Auckland University Press, and Mike Chunn from the Play It Strange Trust. 

The winners will be announced on Saturday December 6, at the launch of Signals, the Michael King Writers' Centre literary journal for young writers. 

All pieces submitted for the awards will be considered fo publication in Signals

The entry form can be downloaded here as a MSWord docx and should be completed and emailed with the entry to Submissions must be attached as a Word document. 

All entries will be acknowledged by return email.

Conditions of entry

  • The competition is open to all Year 11 to Year 13 students from secondary schools throughout the Auckland region (not just those who have taken part in the Young Writers Programme).
  • Entries must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant.
  • Entrants may submit only one piece per category.
  • Entries must be received by Tuesday October 14.
  • The results of the judging will be announced at an event on Saturday December 6, 2014. No discussions about the judging will be entered into before or after this date.
  • Submissions should be in a Word document.
  • No pieces will be returned to the entrant once submitted. Please keep a copy of your work.
  • By submitting an entry, entrants agree to publication of the work in Signals, on the Michael King Writers' Centre web site, to media interviews and photographs that may be associated with the competition. 

Chris Cole Catley

Dame Christine Cole Catley was a pioneering journalist, publisher and author. She not only achieved many firsts in her own life, she encouraged other people to achieve. She had a strong belief in mentoring new talent. She was a literary godmother to the many journalists and writers she taught and encouraged. 

A life-long journalist, Dame Christine Cole Catley D.C.N.Z.M, QSM ran New Zealand's first fulltime journalism course from the 1960s, where she worked with historian Michael King.  She insisted that half the students were female, a stand that substantially accelerated the employment of women throughout the media, where many of her former students now hold key positions. A foreign correspondent herself at a time when few women were in that field, she established the ABC's office in Indonesia having previously been Radio New Zealand International's social affairs commentator for nearly a decade. 

Her work as Wellington's first TV critic (on The Dominion) led to her appointment to the Broadcasting Council.

She is well known for many decades of running writers' workshops, and established her publishing company, Cape Catley, in 1973. She co-founded Parents Centre New Zealand in 1952, which brought about the presence of fathers at births. The author of several books, including Bright Star, the biography of New Zealand’s leading woman astronomer, Beatrice Hill Tinsley, and editor or co-editor of many more.

In 1982 after the death of the author Frank Sargeson she established the Sargeson Trust. In 1984, after the loss of her life-long friend Michael King, she promoted the idea of setting up a trust in his name to help writers, and she became a founding trustee of the Michael King Writers' Centre. She established the Michael King Young Writers Programme soon after, where she worked with the current tutors Rosalind Ali and Johanna Emeney.